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Faking it: artificial lives, manufactured bodies

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Join us for an evening of talks and interactive demonstrations related to the idea of artificial life: meet customised robots, try out virtual reality headsets, and experience psychedelic visions with a stroboscopic lamp!

FUN guaranteed.

Free entrance - everyone welcome (over-18s only - sorry!).


Talks (see below for full details):

Artist Luciana Haill will talk about the brain-induced visual patterns we experience behind closed eyes, and how she incorporates these into her light-driven art installations. Audience members who would like to try out Luciana's stroboscopic lamp will be invited to try out the drugless high of a lamp-induced hypnagogic state - more commonly experienced just before sleep.

James Turnbull, producer, TOMTech, and Development Manager at The Old Market, will talk about the opportunities presented by virtual reality and invite the audience to try out a range of VR headset experiences.

Rob Englebright, robot enthusiast, will explore our willingness to suspend disbelief and to impute robots with consciousness - including interactive demonstrations of Rob's own homemade robots.

Many thanks to the CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership (www.chase.ac.uk), which supported this event.


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Further details on Luciana Haill's and James Turnbull's talks:

Luciana Haill - Seeing with eyes closed? #Phosphenes & #Entoptics during #Flicker

Fine artist Luciana Haill works creatively with neurotechnologies, digital media, performance, sound and drawing. Her artworks are research-led, focusing on lucid dreaming and the hypnagogic state experienced on the threshold of sleep.

Luciana's light-driven installations stimulate (behind closed eyes) colourful patterns of phosphenes: ‘form constants’ and ‘flicker’ visuals which are intrinsic to these ephemeral artworks. As part of this approach she also monitors percipients’ brainwaves using a portable EEG system. In the 1950s this approach was used by neuroscientists investigating epilepsy and the effect of mescaline (a naturally-occurring psychedelic substance); this work revealed a wealth of light-induced patterns known as ‘entoptics’, which appear very similar to early cave art, as well as the hypnagogic patterns found in sleep research. Those who take part in Luciana's live artworks often describe very similar visuals of startling intensity, often with a compressed time distortion, akin to the experiences of light hypnosis or the ‘reverie’ experienced between sleep and waking.

At 'Faking it', Luciana will give a 30-minute talk on her work and the field of visual physics. This will include a rare chance to catch one extended piece of live brainwave monitoring, demonstrating the effects of the PandoraStar Strobe light. Her talk will be followed by short, interactive demonstrations of the strobe light to individual audience members. Please note that this optional demonstration is not suitable for those with photosensitive epilepsy or sufferers of migraines; you will not be exposed to the light from the audience area unless you opt in.

Find Luciana online at her Twitter account, @BrainAnalyser, or at www.lucianahaill.co.uk.


James Turnbull: Theatre 2.0 - new mediums for storytelling

Immersive technology promises to transform how we consume entertainment. Virtual Reality (VR) has the power to make you feel present while not actually being there, whilst Augmented Reality (AR) offers the chance to change what you see and hear in the real world. But what does that mean for live entertainment?

James's talk will offer an overview of the UK VR sector, the opportunities for creative application of the technology, and a glimpse into the future of this new medium for imbibing our stories.

James Turnbull leads TOMTech, a programme at The Old Market that supports artists who use new technology to hone their stories. They commission work for VR/AR (including the world's first VR-led theatre show), stage labs to bring artists and technologists together, and run a public programme to introduce new audiences to emerging technology. Their programme, which runs alongside the Brighton Digital Festival, attracted the largest audiences for VR for any arts venue in the UK and featured artists from around the world.

See www.tomtechblog.com for more information.




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